What is Person-Centered Psychotherapy? The Pros and Cons
It can often feel like we have to face life’s challenges all on our own. We don’t want to burden others with our worries. We’re certain we can figure out the solutions to our problems ourselves.
Sometimes, this is true – we’re often more capable of solving our problems than we realize.
But that doesn’t mean that you have to do it alone.
In Person-Centered Therapy, you’ll tackle problems how you want to - with the support of a caring therapist.
Here at KMA, we know how important it is to find the right type of support for the problems you’re facing.
We’ve created this quick article to help you decide if Person-Centered Psychotherapy could work for you.
By the end of this article, you’ll know what happens during Person-Centered Psychotherapy, ways to know whether it’ll be a good fit for you, and some alternatives if you’d like to try something different.
What Is Person-Centered Psychotherapy?
Person-centred therapy is a nurturing and supportive form of therapy. It's centred around the therapeutic relationship.
Its purpose is to help you develop a strong sense of self while understanding your attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours.
What Happens During Person-Centered Psychotherapy?
Person-centred therapy is a form of talk therapy where the client does most of the talking.
Your therapist will support you in directing the conversation and exploring your challenges. Throughout the process, you are encouraged to find solutions on your own.
The three goals of Person-Centered Psychotherapy are to:
- Provide you with unconditional positive regard, meaning your therapist will always be supportive and non-judgmental
- Create an empathetic environment, where you feel seen and validated by your therapist
- Establish an equal and genuine connection between you and your therapist
Pros of Person-Centered Psychotherapy
Person-Centered Psychotherapy is a great way to develop a stronger sense of self. It can help you build confidence in your ability to solve your problems.
Person-Centered Psychotherapy may be a great fit for you if:
- You are looking to build self-confidence and independence
- You’re looking to build a strong, trusting relationship with your therapist
- You enjoy speaking about and reflecting on your experiences and challenges
Cons of Person-Centered Psychotherapy
The freedom of Person-Centered Psychotherapy allows you to take the lead in your sessions. Sometimes, this format can feel overwhelming (and sometimes unproductive) for some clients.
Person-Centered Psychotherapy may not be the right choice for you if:
- You are experiencing high levels of stress or anxiety
- You are looking for more involvement and guidance from your therapist
- You are looking to set and measure specific goals during the therapy process (i.e. reducing the frequency of panic attacks in specific situations)
Alternatives to Person-Centered Psychotherapy
Some alternatives to Person-Centered Psychotherapy include:
These forms of therapy offer a more structured and therapist-led experience.
Next Steps For Starting Person-Centered Psychotherapy in Toronto
After reading this article, you now know what Person-Centered Psychotherapy is, how to know if it could work for you, and some alternatives to look into.
Here at KMA, we’ve been helping clients find the best therapy plan for them for over 14 years. From matching you with your ideal therapist to customizing your therapy plan, we’re here to help you get the support you deserve.
Your introductory appointment will help establish if Person-Centered Therapy is the best option for you.
If you’re not yet ready to book an appointment, read these resources for more information:
- If you’re still feeling unsure about therapy, read: The 5 Most Common Misconceptions About Therapy
- To learn about introductory appointments, read: What Should I Expect in a Therapy Introductory Appointment?
- If you think you may be creating some of the challenges you’re facing, read: What is Self-Sabotaging Behaviour – and 3 Ways to Stop It